Barkers announce 2018 social enterprise ambition

Procurement and commercial specialist Barkers, a consultancy that works with businesses to drive profitability, efficiencies and developing people, is now taking its commercial practice into the third sector with a series of initiatives aimed at both regional and national level.

The Modern Slavery Act: Compliance with one of the UK’s most ethical and moral pieces of legislation

Few words send a shudder down the spine quite like ‘slavery’. The concept of human beings treated as cattle is one we try to convince ourselves is rooted in ancient history. Regretfully, this is far from true. Slavery is very much a contemporary phenomenon. Indeed, The U.N. International Labor Organization, Walk Free, and The International Organization for Migration put the current figure of modern slaves at around 40 million. A quarter of these being children.

GDPR – don’t miss the commercial opportunity

GDPR: Don’t miss the commercial opportunity 

Since the Data Protection Act 1998 became enforceable, data protection has been serious business. The Act celebrates its 20th birthday with early retirement, replaced as it will be by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Getting serious about divestment

Conversations about business and industry are so dominated with talk of investment and ‘investment opportunities’, that, despite its potentially enormous implications, divestment becomes something of an afterthought.

The Importance of Robust Contract Management

It must be one of the finest feelings in business. Your email inbox pings, or your phone buzzes in your pocket with news that the tender has been successful. The prospective client you have been toiling so hard to tie to a contract has accepted your proposal, and subject to the signing of some papers, work can begin.